When visiting Thailand with kids, what areas are the best to visit? We would like to see the jungle, beaches, temples, and markets. We're going for 10 nights.
mtbikelover - I wouldn't worry. Everyone has different things they like to do so if you have found stuff to keep you and your kids occupied that interest you, I'm sure you will be fine. You could seriously stay 2 weeks and not see everything you want.
I have always found lots to do with kids in Bangkok...you have Dreamworld, Safari World, Siam Park, the aquarium at Siam, Kidszania at Siam. Out near Chutachuk there is a discovery museum, you could also go to the art in paradise (3d art places)
Lots to do just depends on what they like..my kids enjoyed all those. We have been going for 11 years and each year we try to find something new to do for kids..last year was a pet cafe near the Hard Rock in Siam area...
Ramayana WaterPark in Pattaya, Dream World theme park, Dinner Cruise, Siam Ocean World, Madame Tussaud, 1 shopping day, Chatuchak Market, maybe Bangkok Safari and Marine World, night markets, trying to fit a cultural tour in but this is my kids requests so far. We are 2 families with 5 kids between 2 - 11yrs. This was the 7, 8, 9 and 12yr olds dream list. Then we head over to Phuket, Kata for 5 nights
as above - There's absolutely loads of "kids stuff" in Bkk (and Pattaya) - theme parks, water parks shopping toys, karting etc etc....even ice skating!......none of it very Thai apart from the Thai love of spoiling kids. Animal attractions are absolutely appalling. Boat rips on the Chaopraya River or through the canals can be fun. - Just Google “kids Bangkok”
There was a post about this somewhere recently
I reckon 2 stops is easily enough in a 10 day trip....you might want to put BKK at the beginning and end.......it's nice to have a comfortable hotel for a night or two when you arrive and you can gather yourselves together for the next leg of the itinerary.
I would suggest then a rural-ish place in the country and a beach resort would be 2 good stops.
Centres for each
I could depend on how you wan to travel.
Chiang Mai is a long way North and best/quickest to fly. There is a train service - first class cabin might amuse the kids for at last part of the way.
Chiang Mai is full of Thai (northern) culture - the river Ping boat trips. The surrounding countryside is beautiful.
Also Kanchanaburi Province has a lot to offer.
The Bridge over the River Kwai is very touristy. The countryside around has huge lakes/dams and national parks - lots of resorts on the river Kwai even good camping, Sangkhlaburi up on the Burmese border is good for an overnight stay.
I think Erawan falls are now the least attractive waterfalls in the region due to over crowding.
Sai Yok National park has some lovely waterfalls. There are even some ethical elephant parks out that way - as well as some to avoid.
Kanchanaburi is much nearer BKK and accessible by road or rail.
Beaches.....one has to say that the islands are the favored destination for most.
The nearest to BKK is Koh Samet - relatively small with plenty of beach resorts - no cars on the island.
Koh Chang and the other islands in the archipelago are about 5 hours from BKK by riad, there is an airport on the mainland with shuttle service.
Phuket - fly from BKK - is the most developed island and in many ways the best organised....largely urbanised too.
In general, the smaller the island, the longer it will take you to get there due to ferry times etc....you need to consider travel times if you only have 10 days.
Weather and Song Khran. -
March to June is considered the "hot" season in most parts of the county and sees the start of some spectacular thunderstorms.
I don't know your exact dates but.......The "ides of April" is the time for Song Khran - the Thai new year - this is one of the most important holidays in the Thai calendar. My guess is that from about 12th April to the 20th, many Thai people will be taking some sort of a break, so you will see increased numbers of holidaymakers all over Thailand in that period and booking rooms in advance can be advisable.Song Khran is the water throwing festival and the kids might enjoy taking part in that.
every town around the country has it's own main Song Khran day.
finally back to BKK for one or two nights before flying out?Edited: 15 January 2018, 09:01
Much appreciated your review about things you did with your daughters - Bangkok bike tour, Tuk Tuk night tour and evening food tour. I am going to be there with my teenage daughters in August and we are looking for exactly these kind of attractions :)